ThinnyMinny Gets a PepTalk!
Saturday, January 12, 2013      5 comments

Get shakin' or turn into bacon! Get off your butt to get out of a rut! When the going gets tough, strut your stuff! Crummy mood? Put down the food! Less talk, more walk! Forget the funk-- move your junk! Feel like a... Read more
Embracing Challenge
Wednesday, January 02, 2013      3 comments

Have you ever watched a little one get all caught up in the excitement of learning and mastering a task--taking that first step, putting the puzzle piece in the right place, realizing that letters make a familiar word? When the world is new... Read more
Roll of the Dice?
Monday, March 09, 2009      12 comments

Have you ever heard of a tragic scenario and thought, "There, but by the grace of God, go I?" Maybe it was of a head-on collision that killed numerous people because a driver was using a cell phone. Or maybe you heard about a child who drowned... Read more
Don't Know Much About History
Monday, February 23, 2009      8 comments

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." George Santayana When I first started listening to the 24-volume audio set of the book, JOH... Read more
Monday, February 16, 2009      12 comments

NO MORE PENCILS, NO MORE BOOKS. NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS!!!! When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at th... Read more
The Evil Eye
Monday, February 09, 2009      6 comments

Many years ago when I was traveling in Turkey, I encountered a good luck charm I had never seen before: It was a blue and white sphere shaped to look like an eyeball, and everybody had one. A Turkish friend told me that it was the "evil eye." ... Read more
The Best Makeup
Monday, February 02, 2009      5 comments

"Joy is the best make-up." Anne Lamott When I was younger, I rarely wore makeup. It wasn't because I didn't need it; it was because I thought, "What's the use?" I was so overweight that it seemed to me like an exe... Read more
Thursday, January 22, 2009      7 comments

If my mind were as creative with problem solving as it is with coming up with excuses, I'd be set. I remember some of the excuses I used to use for not exercising: people would make fun of how I looked, my feet hurt, it's too hot/too cold,... Read more
I'm LATE, I'm LATE for a Very Important Date
Wednesday, January 14, 2009      4 comments

"Relaxation is the best strategy when you don't have time for it." --Sydney Harris Do you remember in "The Little Engine that Could" there is big old steam engine that just can't get up the hill? The tired old steamer cries, "... Read more
Oprah, You've Got Balls!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009      16 comments

I know Oprah is a smart cookie and that she carefully considered the consequences of baring her soul on national television. But I couldn't help feeling protective of her because she was opening herself up to a host of criticism. And I was... Read more
Don't Ask for a Light Load...
Saturday, September 27, 2008      9 comments

Today I read a quotation that resonated with me: "Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back." Sometimes we look around and see how other people seem to have it so much easier than we do. It stands to rea... Read more
Thursday, July 17, 2008      3 comments

Today was my last day of summer school, and now I have a month off! I am very excited about having the time to regroup. Top on my list of priorities is getting focused on my exercise and diet. I am thicker around the middle than I w... Read more
Red-Letter Day
Tuesday, July 08, 2008      3 comments

The hardest part of school is not necessarily the part that you learn from books. Sometimes it's what you learn about yourself. When I was obese, I never told anyone my weight. I missed a lot of days of school by pretending to be sick so ... Read more
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
Monday, June 23, 2008      6 comments

I have always been fascinated with the fact that when a broken bone heals, it is even stronger than it was before the break. Isn't that incredible?! I think that all kinds of "breaks" can heal like bones. At least I am choosing to bel... Read more
Dust Off the Pity Party
Thursday, April 03, 2008      5 comments

"Dust off the pity party, throw away the party favors, and let's get shaking!" I saw this message posted on a friend's spark page, and it might as well have been written to me in flashing in neon lights. I am kind of sick of making excuses... Read more